Kent Cricket League Round-Up: Weather affects matches

Wednesday 11th August 2021

Kent Cricket League Round-Up: Weather affects matches

Inclement weather reeked havoc with the Kent League fixtures at the weekend, with the five Division One matches being wiped out altogether, with each club getting nine points from their cancelled games.

Only two Premier Division matches of the five scheduled achieved a result, with leaders Bexley stealing a march on their nearest rivals, with a 69 run victory away at Bickley Park.

The visitors scored 192 for 4, from the 25 overs they were able to get in, Aiden Griggs 56, former Kent all-rounder Adam Ball 49 not out, Ranjit Singh 3 for 35.

Park were then bowled out for 123 in 22.4 overs, Safwaan Imtiaz 31, Marcus Ritson 3 for 31. Bexley skipper and former Kent spinner Adam Riley took 2 for 32, and Ball 1 for 6.

A couple of miles along the road, Bromley’s match with Holmesdale was called off, as was the fixture between Blackheath and Lordswood, at the Rectory Field, without a ball being bowled.

They did get some play in at Sevenoaks but to no avail, where The Vine scored 179 for 5 from 20 overs, Luke Schlemmer 57, but visitors Tunbridge Wells faced just 5.2 deliveries, when the rain set in and prevented any further play.

The only other positive result, apart from Bexley’s win, was an exciting one wicket victory for Beckenham away at Sandwich Town.

The home side were skittled out for 126, Rory Smith 44, James Ahmed an impressive 5 for 23. Beckenham reached their winning target in the 45th over, 127 for 9, Johann Malcolm 53 not out, Matthew Van Poppel, the Sandwich captain, 4 for 24.

By Peter Burrowes

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